With a sold out crowd on New Year’s Eve waiting to erupt at the Barrie Molson Centre the Sudbury Wolves had other plans in mind.
Jacob Harris would open up the scoring at 11:32 of the opening frame to give Sudbury the early lead. Both teams traded chances but Barrie was unable to capitalize on the Wolves. The Colts outshot the Wolves 19 – 4 in the first period.
The second period saw the Colts come out and control the play. Barrie had possession of the puck for the majority of the period but it was again Jacob Harris of the Wolves who scored next. A missed played puck bounced off the side of the net and right out to Harris in the slot. Colts goaltender Mathias Niederberger was out of position which gave Harris the easy empty net goal.
A five minute major handed out to Sudbury’s Tyler Prong for hitting from behind saw Barrie with a long power play chance midway through the second. Cody Brown of the Colts was on the wrong side of the hit and did not return for the remainder of the game. The Barrie Colts threw everything they could at Goaltender Joel Vienneau but hit the post multiple times and could not find the back of the net. A shot from the point that hit just under the cross bar was reviewed but the puck did not cross the line.
With thirty seconds remaining in the second period Nicholas Baptiste skated into the Colts zone before letting a shot off. Mathew Campagna would pounce on the rebound and give his team a 3 – 0 lead heading into the final period.
A rough night continued for the Barrie Colts as Toronto Maple Leaf prospect Joshua Leivo would add the final dagger scoring at 5:22 of the third period. The Wolves had a commanding 4 – 0 lead but it was not from a lack of effort from Barrie. Zach Hall would break the shutout bid for Wolves netminder Joel Vienneau with just a 1:17 remaining in the game. Hall is currently riding a five game point streak with 4 goals and 3 assists over that span.
The Colts power play went 0 for 6 on the night but outshot Sudbury 55 to 39. After losing two straight games on home ice for the first time this season the Barrie Colts will now head out on the road for a pair of games. The first game will be played in Niagara against the Icedogs Thursday January 3rd at 7:00 before they head to Erie for a rematch versus the Otters.